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I saw this on XKCD today, and thought it worthy of discussion.

My first news memory was the murder of John Lennon. What's yours?

Edit: I remember the Moscow Olympics closing ceremony, which was a few months earlier. Not sure that counts as 'newsy'.
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Princess Diana's death.
I was young (single-digits) and was staying at my grandparents' house. I would wake up earlier than them and watch cartoons on the TV, but that day, all the channels (they only had 4 at the time) were showing the same thing!
Part of me was aware it must be important, but another part was annoyed that there was no kids TV! So I woke them up to complain
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The Watergate hearings were on, instead of my cartoons. Very annoying.
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Iran and hostages I think. Plane hijackings.
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Mine was the moon landing. I was four. I drew a bunch of rockets.
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Nixon on TV is the very earliest. Event I remember, gas shortages under Carter. Lines for blocks to get gas.
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The first one of any note that I recall was the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Vague memories of the NYC Blackout. But really it is probably Reagan and James Brady being shot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYlbWKtoEmg

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I remember a lot of the things mentioned above (not the moon shot, though, that is only for guys that even I consider old, ha ha), but the first moment that really stands out as a stark "point in time" memory was the school principal coming over the PA and announcing that President Reagan had just been shot. I was (oddly) sitting in History class.

We all assumed shot = dead and the history teacher (Mr. Felt) started to explain what would happen next. We got a status update about 15 minutes later.

I also remember seeing the Challenger explosion on live TV, as I was walking down the street in Eagle Pass, Texas. It was on a TV playing through a window in an electronics store front (like they used to do).

And I remember an old political cartoon from the Carter years, I think from Newsweek, where he was trying to push all the buttons and step on all the pedals in this giant gizmo machine. I believe the article accompanying it was on his efforts to curb stagflation, which I thought - at the time - was the coolest word I'd ever read.
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I have some extremely disconnected memories of the Great Storm of 1987, when I was three, but it's all very hazy and impressionistic (and possibly reinforced by my mother telling me about it). I have clearer memories of Laurie Dann, which was the spring of 1988 when I was four, although admittedly some of that is the longer-term effect that she had on schools where I was living at the time, so it was in my consciousness for most of my childhood.
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Challenger exploding.
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I know that I've seen a lot of these, but the first one that actually sticks out in my memory was 9/11.
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The October Crisis
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The Reagan/Carter election.
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Pretty sure it was relayed via smoke signals and involved the glaciers finally retreating.
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The Reagan/Carter election.

My dad always reminded me that I shook Regan's hand and chatted with him for a couple seconds when he visited the State during his first campaign. But... heh, I don't remember it. Guess my 15 year old self wasn't impressed. Ironically, I vividly remember "Jack Carlson" and his buttons from the same event - he ran for some local office, I guess. Dunno if he won. But I was really happy they let me have lots of buttons and a dopey styrofoam hat.
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My dad took me to Grant Park in downtown Chicago to see Richard Nixon speak in 1959 during the presidential campaign against Kennedy. He held me up over his head so I could see Nixon.

On my own, the earliest news event I remember is the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In regards to the Challenger disaster I was working at Johnson Space Center at the time and still have the "order of service" from the Memorial event that Reagan attended.
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GreenDude wrote:
My first news memory was the murder of John Lennon. What's yours?

Moon landing.
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Yup. Moon landing, then FLQ hostage killing (October Crisis), then watching Canada beat Russia in hockey in '72.
Two of those events (first and last) were viewed on TV sets wheeled into our school classrooms.

I was alive when JFK was assassinated, but too young to know.
I was in university when Lennon got shot.
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9/11. Late elementary school. I remember intense deja-vu like it had already happened.

So I guess you could say I was remembering the '93 bombing but I don't actually remember any newsy things from that time. My parents weren't really news people and I was five.
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First Iraq War/Desert Storm.

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